Master of Social Work

Program Features

Xavier University and Saint Louis University (SLU) have partnered to offer an innovative Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Xavier beginning in Fall 2021. This online, on-campus hybrid model program prepares students in the Jesuit tradition to be advanced practitioners of social work, acting as agents of change to promote individual and societal well-being.

Approximately 60 percent of classes are taught online by SLU faculty. The remainder of the courses are taught on campus at Xavier University, including research courses, practicum planning and seminar courses.

Students in the advanced program can earn their degree in 12 months. Foundation students complete the program in two years. Students earn a master's degree from SLU, a nationally and globally recognized leader in social work education. Ranked in the top 20 percent of programs by U.S. News & World Report, SLU, like Xavier, is one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.

Why Choose the Saint Louis University MSW at Xavier?

  • SLU and Xavier are founded on the Jesuit tradition of "educating the whole person" - learning as much as possible about social work and service while committing to serve humankind with compassion.
  • SLU offers the opportunity for students to get an MSW from a highly ranked and internationally known program without having to be physically present on SLU's campus.
  • Xavier and SLU faculty are leaders in combining classroom activities with community-based practice.

Program Options

Advanced Standing | Students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program can complete the MSW program with 39 credit hours. To be eligible, students must have earned a B or higher in predetermined undergraduate social work courses.

 Foundation | Students who are not eligible for advanced standing, including those who have an undergraduate degree in any major, can complete the program with 57 credit hours.

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to the program must meet the following admission requirements:
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • 24 credit hours in the liberal arts.
  • Online Graduate Application for Admission.
  • Resumé.
  • Professional statement (Professional Guidelines for Writing your Statement.)
  • Three confidential reference letters (two academic and one professional. No personal references accepted).
  • Official transcripts from every institution where coursework has been taken and applied toward the undergraduate degree. All official transcripts should be sent directly to the Saint Louis University Graduate Admissions office.
  • Interview either by phone, video chat or on campus in St. Louis, Mo.

Deadlines for Submission

Students may apply at any time but will need to apply by the priority deadlines, listed below, if they want to be considered for scholarships. To be considered for the coming term, individuals must apply by the final deadlines.

Priority Deadlines: March 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for spring.

Final Deadlines: Aug. 1 for fall, Dec. 1 for spring.

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You will be transferred to the Saint Louis University online application, which will collect your education history and ask for your professional statement and resume. There will also be an application fee of $65 for U.S. citizens and $75 for international applicants.

Tuition Information

Tuition and fees are paid directly to Saint Louis University.

To view the tuition cost and breakdown in more detail, please go to the SLU Graduate Cost Simulator.

Sample Curriculum

The MSW program is highly flexible and tailored to different types of social work. Students can choose to specialize in either the clinical track or the community and organization track.

Clinical Concentration: Prepares students for advanced clinical practice serving children, youth, adults and families. This concentration assumes a holistic view that incorporates the political, environmental, psychosocial, biological and spiritual dimensions of clinical social work practice.

Community and Organization Concentration: Prepares students for advanced practice focusing on social problems and societal change at the community and organizational levels.

Courses can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Students may apply at any time.


Clinical Advanced Standing, Full-Time Schedule

Fall

  • SWRK 5784 Evaluation of Social Work Practice - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5734 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II - Online
  • SWRK 5742 Evidence-Based Practice in Community Mental Health - Online
  • SWRK 5744 Substance Use Disorder Interventions - Online
  • SWRK 5786 Death, Dying, & Grief: Professional Practice & Self-Awareness - Online

Intercession

  • SWRK 5762 Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis - Face-to-Face at Xavier

Spring

  • SWRK 5820 Seminar (1 credit) - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5842 Practicum (2 credits) - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5707 Policy Practice - Online
  • SWRK 5733 Advanced Clinical Practice - Online
  • SWRK 5745 Health & Mental Health Interventions with Older Adults - Online
  • SWRK 5772 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Online

Summer

  • SWRK 5700 Values & Ethics - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5843 Practicum - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5755 Social Work Practice in the Health Field - Online
  • Elective - Online

Clinical, Foundation, Full-time (Fall start)

YEAR ONE

Fall

  • SWRK 5750 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5725 Human Behavior in the Social Environment - Online

Spring

  • SWRK 5787 Research Methods - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5751 Social Work Practice with Communities (7 organizations) - Online

Summer

  • SWRK 5819 Seminar (1 credit) - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5841 Practicum (2 credits) - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5702 Social Policy - Online

YEAR TWO

Fall

  • SWRK 5784 Evaluation of Social Work Practice - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5734 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5742 Evidence-Based Practice in Community Mental Health - Online
  • SWRK 5744 Substance Use Disorder Interventions - Online
  • SWRK 5786 Death, Dying, & Grief: Professional Practice & Self-Awareness - Online

January Intercession

  • SWRK 5762 Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis - Face-to-Face at Xavier

Spring

  • SWRK 5820 Seminar (1 credit) - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5832 Practicum (2 credits) - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5707 Policy Practice - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5733 Advanced Clinical Practice - Online
  • SWRK 5745 Health & Mental Health Interventions with Older Adults - Online
  • SWRK 5772 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Online

Summer

  • SWRK 5700 Values & Ethics - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5843 Practicum - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • SWRK 5755 Social Work Practice in the Health Field - Face-to-Face at Xavier
  • Elective - Online

Sample Courses

Online Courses:

SWRK 5702 Social Policy (3-credits)
SWRK 5707 Policy Practice for Social Justice (3-credits)
SWRK 5725 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3-credits)
SWRK 5733 Advanced Clinical Practice (3-credits)
SWRK 5734 Human Behavior and the Social Environment Part II (3-credits)
SWRK 5742 Evidence-Based Practice in Community Mental Health (3-credits)
SWRK 5744 Substance Use Disorder Interventions (3-credits)
SWRK 5745 Health & Mental Health Interventions with Older Adults
SWRK 5751 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (3-credits)
SWRK 5755 Social Work Practice in the Health Field (3-credits)
SWRK 5772 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (3-credits)
SWRK 5786 Death, Dying, & Grief: Professional Practice & Self-Awareness

Face-to-Face at Xavier University:

SWRK 5700 Values and Ethics (3-credits)
SWRK 5750 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (3-credits)
SWRK 5762 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis (3-credits)
SWRK 5784 Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3-credits)
SWRK 5787 Research Methods I (3-credits)
SWRK 5819 Foundation Practicum Seminar (1-credit)
SWRK 5820 Clinical Practicum Seminar (1-credit)
SWRK 5841 Foundation (Generalist) Practicum (2-credits)
SWRK 5842 Clinical Practicum I (2-credits)
SWRK 5843 Clinical Practicum II (3-credits)

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Jesuit Tradition

SLU and Xavier are founded on the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. That means you’ll be learning all there is to know about social work and while also committing to serve humankind with compassion.


Prestigious Education

SLU offers the opportunity for students to get an MSW from a highly-ranked and internationally-known program without having to be physically present on SLU’s campus.


Service Learning

Xavier and SLU faculty are leaders in combining classroom activities with community-based practice. Service-learning courses create opportunities for students to learn on-site and get experience working with the community.


Master of Social Work Program at Xavier University

Xavier University's College of Professional Sciences prepares undergraduate and graduate students intellectually, morally and spiritually for careers and professions of service. CPS challenges students to strive for academic excellence and life-long learning through promoting collaboration and community partnerships, and incorporating research, scholarship and innovation.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."